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Collision near Blue River claims two lives

Driver in his seventies may have suffered medical emergency prior to crash
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The two people were killed Wednesday afternoon near Blue River when their car collided with commercial truck pulling a wide load and then its pilot truck.

RCMP have determined that the collision occurred when the northbound sedan entered the oncoming lane on on Highway 5 near the Six Mile Bridge.  

A man in his seventies, and the passenger, a man in his twenties, died as a result of the collision. The driver of the pilot truck, a woman in her forties, was transported to hospital by Air Ambulance with significant injuries. The pilot truck had been following the wide-load.

"The cause of the collision is not considered to be criminal in nature and, although early in the investigation and subject to change, evidence suggests that the driver of the sedan may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash," RCMP said.

Names of those involved were not released.

Clearwater RCMP and BC Highway Patrol and Emergency Services were called to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. and the stretch was closed for more than four hours while police gathered evidence and has since been reopened.

Anyone with information regarding this collision who has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 and cite file 2022-1023.